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PostSubject: The Georgian Papers Programme   Fri 05 Jan 2018, 15:36

Well this is fascinating, The Georgian Papers Programme was launched in 2015 and aims to catalogue, digitise and transform access to over 350,000 pages of material from the collection of Georgian papers held in the Royal Archives and Royal Library at Windsor Castle. So far 50,000 pages are complete with some delightful finds like this letter from 1748 where Frederick, Prince of Wales gives his son, the future George III, instructions for being King



The papers can be accessed here
https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/georgian-papers-programme


But I've been particularly enjoying the 24 volumes of menus for the Royal Household, which includes some interesting receipes

http://gpp.royalcollection.org.uk/TreeBrowse.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&field=RefNo&key=GEO_MENUS



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PostSubject: Re: The Georgian Papers Programme   Fri 05 Jan 2018, 17:07

Oooo, old recipes ... thanks for that ID.

Interesting in that above letter with the advice from Prince Frederick to his son, that he mentions the wise council of his "grandfather, and best friend" George I and not that of his father, the then reigning George II ... because of course George II hated his son and Frederick fully returned the animosity. It's interesting also that he was writing this advice to his son on how to be king before he, Frederick, had inherited the throne himself ... which of course he never did as he pre-deceased his father (Frederick died unexpectedly in 1751, just three years after the above letter was written), and so when George II died in 1760, the crown did indeed pass straight to Frederick's son, George (George III).
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PostSubject: Re: The Georgian Papers Programme   Fri 05 Jan 2018, 21:00

Weren't more or less all the Hanoverians at daggers drawn with their fathers - at least those who stood to inherit?
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PostSubject: Re: The Georgian Papers Programme   Fri 05 Jan 2018, 21:57

All in all they were quite a disfunctional family weren't they? Though to be honest the women-folk weren't much better.

George I's wife, Sophia-Dorothea of Celle, had been forced by her parents and very much against her wishes, to marry him when he was still just heir to the Electorate of Hanover (it was all about money). For his part George equally detested her and after the wedding soon found himself a mistress ... although they did do their dynastic duty and produced a son (later George II of GB) and a daughter. She meanwhile had an affair with the Swedish count von Konigsmarck but this scandal could not be hushed up when their intimate and explicit correspondence found its way into the hands of the Hanoverian government. Konigsmarck was quietly bumped off and Sophie-Dorothea found herself divorced and then imprisoned in the Castle of Ahlden, where she was forbidden all access to her children: George was 11 his sister 8 and they never saw their mother again.

George II's wife, Caroline of Ansbach, though generally popular, intelligent and enlightened, always sided with her husband over their son, Frederick, and she too eventually developed an intense dislike of him, especially when he openly sided with the Parliamentary Opposition. She once remarked, on seeing Frederick walking in the gardens of Kensington Palace, "Look, there he goes, that wretch, that villain! I wish the ground would open this moment and sink the monster to the lowest hole in hell!". And as for the emnity between George III and his son, even before George III became mentally unstable ... as well as the intense hatred between George IV and his wife, Caroline of Brunswick ...

The whole Hanoverian dynasty would certainly make a good soap opera.
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